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Prime Minister John Key would like to be fluent in Maori, but says he just does not have the time to learn it.

Mr Key spoke for the first time as Prime Minister at Ratana Pa yesterday, after listening to an hour of speeches, which were mostly in Maori.

Afterwards, Mr Key was asked whether it was time for a New Zealand prime minister to be fluent in both of the country's official languages.

He said it would be an advantage given New Zealand is a bilingual country, but he said practically, there are an enormous number of things taking place in his day, so the probability of him becoming fluent in Te Reo is next to nil.